PCOS, Estrogen Dominance and MTHFR (lucky gal)
I am a 42 years old and have had PCOS since I was 18, I had no clue what was happening to me, I felt like a freak. After seeing many "top docs" they found an abscess near my pituitary gland and swore this was the cause, not PCOS. Although I had no other symptoms of pituitary growths, strictly PCOS. Not one doctor believed me, but appreciated my dedication to diagnosing myself, as computers were not in use yet. It was called Stein-Leventhal at the time. Long story-short, I had surgery and it turned out it was located much closer to my optic nerves and was now diagnosed an optic tumor. I was put on birth control and Aldactone. My skin began to clear, the facial hair slowed down a little and I began to diet and exercise. Things were good for a while. A very long while, until estrogen dominance was brought to my attention during a pod-cast and how birth control is only a band aid and making it worse. I was shocked, I thought I was treating the problem, nut only the symptoms. Honestly, I was a little angry as well, that not one of my doctors shared this info. with me, either they did not know or would think that I cared to know. Now at this time approaching 40 plus I am really beginning to feel increasing depression, extremely hard to lose weight, everything that had to be done was like climbing a mountain, I isolated terrible, always cancelled plans and just wanted to sleep, very emotionally labile as well. This was not me, I have always struggled with depression, however not this debilitating. I functioned solely for my children,(Metformin after stopping bc enabled me to get pregnant)and even that was hard, the guilt killed me. Not thinking hormones I went to a psychiatrist who tested my saliva and said you do not metabolize folic acid at all, I'm putting you on Deplin and that is a metabolized/methylated form, I said ok, whatever it takes. I new it was the building blocks for all of our antidepressant neurotransmitters so I figured problem solved. After 3 works I noticed a moderate improvement in my depression, ten, out of nowhere it was back again, I was very upset. I figured may be it's time to get off the birth control, I expected some acne, but whoooaaa I was a complete mess, 10x worse then I had been, similar to a withdrawal. It took everything in me not to get a refill. My ovarian cysts came back with a very painful vengeance. I had forgotten how painful they can be. Cystic acne covered my chin and jaw, facial hair increasing, oily skin and now my hair was falling out. It took me two attempts before I read this amazing web-site you have. I had a bottle of Vitex lying around that I purchased after hearing the pod-cast I mentioned, they recommended this in place of birth control. So I started that along with Life Flo's Progesta-Care. Within 3-4 days I felt so-so, its been 14 days know and I feel really good. I started with 200mg a day f progesterone cream, now I am using 120mg, my acne flared terribly but its calming down now, I am calmer and have more positive thoughts, and a sense of well being I have not had since I can remember. The bloated look I have is gone and my ankles have not been edematous at all. I cant believe there is still more time for even more improvement. Most importantly, I have energy and I am a better mommy. Due to the MTHFR and PCOS. I take a few supplements as follows. Vitex, Deplin, progesterone cream, N-Acetyl Cysteine (large dose for insulin resistance) Alpha Lipoic Acid, whole food vitamin, 5,000 IU of Vitamin-D, a probiotic, DIM, Milk Tistle, Zinc and on occasion TMG. I also use apple cider vinegar on my face as well as two tsp 2x daily. So many, I know! but what to do when your trying to stay away from prescriptions. I sincerely hope my story helps another, it has been a long and very trying journey. Although I do have a question, I have not menstruated in about 4 mos, I read hear in severe cases just to continue to apply the cream for three months even if bleeding occurs, is that correct? and is theree anything you see in my supplements that are redundant or unnecessary, or even harmful? any insight would be great. Also, stay clear and read all ingredients if you shop in the stores for your creams, I accidentally bought one with red clover and a few other phytoestrogens in it, it certainly was not labeled on the front clearly at all that these ingredients were added. Thank you for reading, I wish everyone well.